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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

EH Cigars (Edgar Hoill) The Dark Master by Christian Eiroa
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: nirab (nirab)
86
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Vendor sponsored Geek Critique.  This is the second installment of the EH Cigars.  Up for review this time is the EH Cigars (Edgar Hoill) The Dark Master by Christian Eiroa.  This cigar is the product of a project from the team of Edgar Hoill and Christian Eiroa for Tobacco Haven in Brookline, N.H.  This critique has been generously sponsored by Tobacco Haven and Edgar Hoill.  Thanks goes out to Brian (bmac7754) for coordinating this critique!

Length:
5
Ring Gauge:
54
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Habano
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Torpedo

This cigar was enjoyed with Topo Chico mineral water

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 10 Possible

Dark brown, smooth wrapper with a really cool looking "dirty" foot. A couple of visible veins, but I could hardly feel em with my fingers, and my Xikar Xi3 Spectra made a nice, clean straight cut. Cigar was firm, with not much give at all. Aroma off the foot was strong barnyard, along with a slight hint of dark chocolate. Cold draw was nice, with just a bit of resistance, and tasted just like the foot smelled.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

Lighting up was easy, with the "dirty" foot, and no burn issues at all. Ash color was a nice whitish grey, with spots of dark grey throughout. The ash held on solid, and I only ashed twice! Burn line was a tad off, but no touch ups or re-lights needed, and it was a slow smoke, lasting me about 1hr and 45 min. Smoke volume was decent, and the smell off the foot was really nice.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

Draw was just a bit restrictive, but nothing to complain about. Wrapper stayed together for the entire smoke, but I did develop a small crack near the head when I tried to open up the draw by rolling it around with my fingers. The cap was applied absolutely perfectly. This is definitely a well rolled cigar.

Flavor: 27 Points of 45 Possible

Right of the bat, I got a real quick pepper blast off the first couple of draws, but once the burn hit the wrapper, it dropped almost out of the flavor profile. Here, the cigar got a bit of a charred, woody taste, mixing with the tobacco. The charred taste lasted for the first half inch, and then mellowed out quite a bit, allowing the tobacco to show off. The midpoint brought in a sweet and creamy oak woodiness, and just a touch of spice, and the smoke output seemed to pick up a bit. The final third, and the sweetness fades to the back, and a slight "twang" would pop in and out, and a touch of pepper came in near the nub. Body and strength were both medium/medium full to me.

Summary

Overall, I found the Dark Master to be pretty one dimensional, with a little more woodiness than I prefer in a cigar. The middle third was the best part of this cigar. For a limited edition cigar, and one that was superbly constructed, I was a little disappointed in the flavor profile. The performance and construction gave this cigar a higher rating than the flavor profile would have allowed. It's not a bad cigar, but there was nothing special about it to me.



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